I was reading a preview of the new Premier League season this morning while I pressed play on Echo for the first time. After a couple of EPs going back to 2010, it’s the first full-length for Niamh de Barra, a Dublin-based singer-songwriter. Nine songs long, Echo covers a lot of bases and brings to mind other experimental Irish acts, most obviously Laura Sheeran. Obviously, it wasn’t exactly complimentary to my assessing of whether Brendan Rodgers could succeed in changing Liverpool or whether Norwich will manage to be as exciting next season without Paul Lambert in charge. It’s quite an unsettling album, most notable the aptly named ‘Spooked’, with a cacophony of noise circulating around. I wouldn’t be surprised if some people end up sleeping under their beds with their hands gripping a broom by the time ‘Diver’ draws things to a close. The album is up for download on de Barra’s Bandcamp page. You can name your price, but in the bio underneath, she says: “It’s a bit shy, took a year and a half to come into the light after completion. But, better late than never. Donations are gratefully accepted, as it took six months of full-time work.”